Julie and Chris go to the edge of the volcano with Joe, and it's more volcano-rific than ever. As they mention, it's very reminiscent of watching fireworks on the Fourth of July, only nobody keeps cranking up the military-band version of "Stars and Stripes Forever" or, God forbid, "God Bless the USA." It is an impressive show of sparks; I'll say that for it. If you don't get out in nature very much, you'll forget how pissed off it can get and how we've sort of settled ourselves in the parts of the earth where things have calmed down a little more. After they've watched for a while, Chris and Julie get up, and Joe takes them back down the mountain.
The next morning, on Day 35, Chris and Julie return to camp. Chris comes over and hugs Scout in a show of warm affection and continuing scheming. She asks whether things are okay, and he tells her, "Good. Solid as a rock. Hasn't changed." Again with the rock! Although really, would he tell Scout if it had? She can't honestly think he would be like, "The eagle has landed. And...well, honestly, it doesn't look so good for you." In other news, apparently, Twila really did upset her foot, because it's the first thing Chris asks about when he starts looking for her. Chris interviews that when he hugged Scout, they were thinking the same thing: "It's game time." Whatever that means.
Chris says that, then, he had to go over and reassure Twila, because "she's a basket case." Indeed, as they hug, Twila whispers, "Everything's okay?" Chris responds, "You have nothing to worry about." He tells us that it all was coming together, as we watch Julie and Twila share what is undoubtedly the most awkward hug since Colin Powell said goodbye to Condoleezza Rice after submitting his resignation. Eliza tells us that next on her agenda was a chat with Chris, because if he was willing to go with voting off Twila, she might be as well. They have a chat on the beach, and Chris remains somewhat noncommittal, telling Eliza that he knows Julie wants to stay in, and thus he wasn't surprised that she took him. Eliza asks him the big question: if one of the four of them won immunity, who would he vote off? Chris says he isn't sure: "It depends on, you know, our best interests in the game." He says he assumes that Scout and Twila will stick together. "Oh yeah," Eliza says. "If Julie stays in the game, we're automatic final three," she adds. Because I think she's assuming Scout won't be winning any immunity challenges, and that Julie would go along with voting off Scout. Now, why anyone would agree to vote off Scout before F3, given that she has zero chance in an endurance contest, I am not sure, but it might be true. ['That's what I thought about that leathery old bag Kim in Season 3, and she went up against Ethan in the final two, so you really never know." -- Wing Chun] Chris says that, indeed, he and Julie talked about an F3 of themselves and Eliza, thinking it might be "better for all three of [them]." Eliza then goes in a direction that I think won't work with Chris, which is the giggly bit about how great it would be to screw Twila. I think Chris basically likes Twila, or at least feels some kinship with her, and I don't think just the promise of shocking and screwing her is going to be particularly moving for Chris, so I think this part is a road to nowhere, and the more Chris thinks this is Eliza's motive, the less likely he is, actually, to go along with it. Chris interviews that they talked about voting off Twila. He then explains that he doesn't trust any of the women, and that he doesn't think they trust each other, but that he thinks they all trust him. Which is cocky, but is also true. He tells Eliza that they'll see how the immunity challenge goes. And then they'll do what's best for them -- which is where you realize most clearly that Eliza sees herself as having an F2 pact with Chris. Which I'm not sure he thinks he has with her.